Cader Idris (Cadair Idris) via the Fox Path

Gwynedd, Wales

SummaryGetting there

One of the more challenging paths up Cadair Idris, I used it as a return route. Don't go this way in bad weather.

Distance:3.8 Miles
Est. Time:1 hrs 30 mins
Difficulty: Challenging 
OS map: Explorer sheet OL23
Total Ascent:0 ft 
Total Descent: 0 ft 

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The RouteSafetyNotes


  • A challenging scramble on one of Wales' best known peaks
  • Superb views over Snowdonia

The Route go to top

summit cairn on Cader IdrisThis description takes you from the summit down to the car park (as a return route from the Pony Path). But, of course, you can take this walk in reverse.

tarn near the Fox Path on Cader IdrisCome off the summit in an easterly direction and turn left (NW) at 713132 to follow a steep path down the ridge heading between two tarns. This is a treacherous section and should not be attempted in poor conditions. Great care is needed as the path (such as it is) is on loose stones that easily fall away. Continue down to the side of the tarn on the left and follow the path tothe outflow of the tarn.

After leaving Cwm Gader the path turns right and passes close to the other tarn (Lyn Gadr). Cross the stream below Lyn Gadr and continue along an ill-defined path heading to the left of a promontory ahead. Cross several streams and beware of marshy ground. Follow the twist and turns of the path and through a gap in a stone wall.

You come to a broader path leading down into the valley, through two gates and on down to a farm. Turn right at the "Private" notice and continue on the path until it comes to a stile crossing onto the road opposite Gwernan Lake Hotel. Turn left and follow the road back to the car park.

Safety go to top

This is a very steep path, with lots of loose stones. Only use it in ideal conditions and treat it with great caution.

Notes go to top

Dollgellau is the largest nearby town and a handy centre for the region. It has many shops, B&B's, hotels, pubs and restaurants.

Fox Path -  probably the shortest walking route up Cader Idris, it heads stright up among the screes and loose stones on the NW side of the peak. It is a risky route, only to be used in ideal conditions.

Minfford Path - an alternative walking route from the eastern side of Cader Idris.

Pony Path - one of the most popular walking routes up Cader Idris and a much safer option that the Fox Path.

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